As seen in the most recent “Home Schooled,” we are focusing on slab homes. Specifically, we are looking at slab homes that utilize underground ductwork. Checking the underground ductwork on a slab home is one of the most important things you can do in the home inspection process.

Ductwork is used to distribute airflow from your heating or cooling system throughout your home. This involves the air being sucked from throughout the house into the heater/air conditioner, where it is heated or cooled, and pushed back through ducts into the living space. When ductwork is located underground, it is vital to check and see if the same is functioning properly.

You can check the underground ductwork by lifting the vents inside the home. By lifting the vent, you are able to see if there are any issues. As demonstrated in the “Home Schooled” video, lifting the vent allowed a leak to be uncovered, thereby altering the home buyer or homeowner that it needs to be rectified. If such a problem is present, make sure you contact a licensed HVAC contractor to ensure the problem is rectified properly. This notwithstanding, the lesson is simple: Check the underground ductwork in slab homes.

Next week, please be sure to tune in to the next Tip at Ten in the next version of “Home Schooled.” Also, please continue to check this blog periodically for vital information about the home inspection process.